North Yorkshire Coast
The North Yorkshire Coast, is one the most breathtaking and beautiful coastlines in England. It has everything for the discerning visitor, from the beautiful beaches, the quaintness of the villages and the rugged cliffs plunging to the beaches and rock pools below.
Staithes is situated approximately 11 miles north west of Whitby. A charming picturesque fishing village, which remains unspoilt by time. It’s cobbled streets, narrow alleyways, pantile-roofed houses and fishing cobles moored in the beck, attract artists from far and wide. The Captain Cook and Staithes Heritage Centre on the high street, contains treasures from his entire life.
Sandsend is a beautiful, picturesque seaside village situated 2 miles northwest of Whitby. As its name suggests, it has a golden beach stretching for approximately two and a half miles to Whitby. The main part of the village is between two becks. As well as several very good pubs and restaurants there is an excellent cafe right on the beach.  There is parking alongside the beach and you can be on the sands in seconds! There are also a few galleries and shops.
Runswick Bay
Runswick Bay Situated 5 miles north of Whitby is a picture-postcard seaside village loved by both artists and holidaymakers. The village is split into two parts – a number of houses at the top of the cliffs contrast sharply with the red-roofed cottages that appear to tumble down the cliffside to the seafront below.
Robin Hood's Bay
Robin Hood's Bay is a very picturesque and much photographed village, situated 6 miles southeast of Whitby. It is built between two steep cliffs. Most often referred to as 'The Bay', it is a most unusual village of two parts, the lower bay and the upper bay. Steps and narrow alleyways wind through the picturesque village down to the slipway at the bottom of a steep ravine. At low tide rocks dating back to the Jurassic period are exposed, and fossils are regularly found.
The village of Ravenscar is situated 14 miles south of Whitby, it was once the vantage point used by the Romans as a signal station. The 3 mile long Ravenscar Trail enables you to discover the geology and local history of this beautiful stretch of Heritage Coast. This small village has a hidden secret; a century ago, a bid to build a resort to rival Scarborough came to nothing, but all was in place for it to begin. Now ancient kerbstones and ornate manhole covers poke through the turf, still awaiting the building of “the town that never was”.
The North York Moors
The North Yorkshire Moors National Park is a large area, encompassing a spectacular coastline, breathtaking moorland, ancient woodland and many historical sites. Bordered on the east side by the North Sea coast, the north and west by the Cleveland Hills and the south by the Tabular Hills and the Vale of Pickering, the area has seen a varied history over the millennia. There are about 12,000 archaeological sites within the region.
There are over 2,300km of paths and tracks on the North York Moors making it a walker’s and cyclist’s paradise. There are short strolls and full-day walks and the superb Cleveland Way National Trail, which can be explored in circular sections. There are also many pretty villages, ancient abbeys, waterfalls and woodland trails to explore.
Here are some the villages worth a visit…